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  • Improving your apply ratio for employers (member only)
    By on September 2, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Job boards in the news
    By on August 26, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Some job boards and new tech in the news for the job search market.

    1. PhysEmp.com, one of the nations first physician job boards and mobile app innovators, recently launched Job Search by PhysEmp.coma new mobile app that helps doctors search for jobs on the go. This is the 5th generation of the app and offers enhanced features for job-seeking physicians.

    See app on itunes.

    The importance of having an app for any job board cannot be overstated because of the growth of mobile traffic. In our case,the mobile traffic is overwhelmingly on the iPhone and iPad,” said Robert Truog, CEO of PhysEmp.com.”We have more than ten thousand physicians searching for jobs on our site, and its our job to ensure that they have access to our 20,000 listings throughout the day, wherever they are.”

    @chrisrussell: I think eventually every job board will need an app to be relevant.

    2. Quadjobs.com is odd jobs for college student linking to families.


     @chrisrussell: another job search startup from Connecticut! I think they have a great domain name and are starting out correctly by targeting their local colleges first. 

    3. Purzue.com is a new online resume host. Link

    @chrisrussell: They pinged me on Linkedin. Looks cool but how will it make money?

  • Minimalist heaven: Governmentjobs.com
    By on August 18, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    A relative of mine was job hunting and came across Governmentjobs.com and showed it to me. I was immediately struck by the simplicity of the design. Its a minimalist’s dream design.


    I love the placement of the Employer callout, cant miss it. The simple flat design is clean and familiar. According the the company info page the site has been around since 1998 and was born out of an ATS called NEOGOV for states and cities.

    The search results page is equally clean with only Adsense ads on the top and bottom of results. As I look at the site it almost seems TOO clean and devoid of more design elements. But it is a rather inviting look and feel that the rest of us can learn from.

  • Wanted Analytics opens up its API to job boards
    By on August 15, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Want more jobs on your job board? Well Wanted Analytics, the company which collects jobs from across the web and analyzes trends has announced that it is publishing an API so that job boards can tap into its more than 5 million listings. The story appeared on Recruiter.com.

    I’m not totally sure where they get all their listings but it appears from the little information there is that they crawl corporate career sites. But if they truly have 5 million jobs thats an attractive tool for anyone who wants to aggregate listings on their site. Here’s the link on their site but it doesn’t have much other info on the API. Guess you’ll have to contact them.

    UPDATE: there is a $ charge for using their API


  • August doldrums
    By on August 11, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    I was on vacation last week. Generally I take off the first week of august which reminds me of the traffic levels for any job board. If you run any kind of website you know that traffic ebbs and flows each month. In my past experience running job boards, August was always the 2nd slowest month next to December (this affects sales too). So its likely most established job boards are seeing a downturn in traffic as vacation season takes over.

    I’d recommend slowing down any content marketing this month too by saving more of it for September when people get back into job search mode. Plus taking it slow this month helps you recharge and strategize. So put on those flip flops and take it easy this month. :-)

  • Even job boards can use InstaJob
    By on August 7, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    When I created InstaJob, the main audience I was targeting was recruiters. But job boards can use it too. Here’s a great example of one I created by doing a google image search for “programmer”, saving it to my iphone, and then grabbing it from the library once I open the InstaJob app.

    If you aren’t making your social media posts more VISUAL, InstaJob is the easiest way to do just that.

    Get InstaJob for iPhone
    Get InstaJob for Android

  • Gerry Crispin interview on latest sources of hire study
    By on August 4, 2014 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    There’s a lot of job board talk in this video interview with Gerry Crispin on the latest sources of hire study that his consulting firm, CareerXroads publishes each year. Following up on last weeks post check out this great interview as he breaks down the study even further.

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  • Job boards account for 15% of all hires in latest survey
    By on July 31, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    The new Sources of Hire study is out. You whats hot? Sourcing is. Referrals, company career sites and job boards were all down from last year. Read the article.

    Job boards accounted for 15.1% last year.

    CareerXroads puts out this study each year and foes a great job with it. I think the respondents are bigger fortune 500 type firms so if the results surprise you that could be why. I can tell that if you are a small business job boards are a much bigger source of hire. I’d suggest its more like 75% based on my own experience as a Talent Acquisition Manager.

    Whats also interesting about this years report is that Linkedin is now classified as a job board which is more realistic than being just a social network.


  • Update on Jobamatic changes
    By on July 30, 2014 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    I asked the folks at SH more about the upcoming Jobamatic changes. If you have multiple accounts you should wait to switch until the 2nd half of august for when they roll out parent/child account support.

    1. Once you signup on the new platform you can start using immediately? Are you increasing average EPC that you can earn or is it staying relatively the same? (can we make more money?)

    When a partner applies for the new partner platform, we will review the application within 2 business days and if approved, they will be able to start using the solutions immediately. The jobs index is not changing from Jobamatic to the new Simply Hired Partner Solutions. Partners continue to have access to our index of over 6M jobs and can expect comparable earnings.

    2. On that note what is the average EPC for sending traffic to SH? .05-.10 cents….?

    Each partner’s revenue potential drastically differs based on the type of jobs that their audience clicks on. No partner is the same.

    3. Are all the jobamatic domains disappearing as of sept 30?

    All Jobamatic partners need to re-apply for the new platform if they wish to continue using our partner solutions after September 30th. Once they are approved and have migrated their sites to the new platform, we will close their Jobamatic account and pay out any remaining Jobamatic earnings balance. If a partner does not wish to migrate platforms, no longer wants to utilize our partner solutions, or does not adhere to our terms of service, we will close their Jobamatic account by September 30th and schedule payment of any remaining balance to the payment info on file.

    4. What are new features in this version?

    Flexible customization: Partners can easily customize the hosted job search experience to precisely match their site’s brand and aesthetic. Job listings are seamless to each site’s unique audience and advertisers to ensure an optimal experience for all users.
    Revenue optimization:

    Partners can directly sell job postings on their own site. These postings are guaranteed premium placement to maximize visibility and drive new revenue.

    Expanded library of job widgets: Partners can surface contextually relevant jobs anywhere on their site to target passive job seekers broadly across their website.

    Reporting & analytics: Expanded reporting dashboard and site analytics give partners greater

  • Lessons on starting a job search content company
    By on July 28, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Ever heard of The Muse? its a job search content site that pumps out 40 articles per week and sells profile pages to employers. In this episode of TWIST with Jason Calacanis, the co founder Katherine Mnshew talks about jobs and the career space. If you run any kind of job search business its a great way to spend an hour.

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